On Jul. 11, 2017 NPR’s Yuki Noguchi reported “Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration” about some companies like Bank of America, Best Buy, IBM, Reddit and Yahoo making more employees work onsite. Many endorse the Agile work method, where employees are all crammed into the same room until they solve a problem. Despite this counter trend the movement is toward remote work because not all the talent works in the same building, town or country. Goody Group’s Jay Friedman said “Being remote forced us to document more — so document decisions, document learning, training, etc. — and that actually reduced the amount of time and back-and-forth,” keeping everyone on the same page and on task, Friedman says.”
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On Apr. 5, 2017 America Online and Yahoo are getting together to form Oath as part of Verizon’s privacy invasion strategy. I heard about it on Excite. I look forward to their floppy disk in the mail.
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On Mar. 18, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “Face Time” about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer insisting employees show up at work. On those occasions where people need to work on a task alone, working from home may make sense, but socialization is best done face to face. Casual and formal meetings in person at work can be more productive than telecommuting for a company. You are less likely to trust someone who works from home even if it is one day a week.
Jill Lepore wrote “The Dark Ages” about the history of torture and terrorism.
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On January 26, 2012 in Santa Clara, the STC Silicon Valley Chapter hosted Joe Welinske of WritersUA to speak about “Optimizing the Googleability of Your Content.” To get a higher rank with search engine optimization (SEO), create fresh HTML content on a registered site with a public facing server. Create relevant links and metadata. Consider search engines other than Google like Alexa, Bing or Yahoo.
Welinske wants people to think about the growing mobile needs of the Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices as seen in his new book “Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps.”
More information will be presented at the Conference for Software User Assistance on March 11-14, 2012 in Memphis Tennessee.
Please join us on February 23, 2012 for the February STC Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting to be held at the Hola! Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, located at 1015 Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont. The meeting starts at 6 PM. This topic will be “Learning How to Communicate Better with Numbers” with Randall Bolten.
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On February 23, 2011 in Mountain View at LinkedIn, the SDForum Software Architecture and Platform SIG chairs Waiming Mok and Megha Chawla hosted Lei Tang of Yahoo! Labs. Tang is the author of “Community Detection and Mining in Social Media.” His presentation this evening was “Large-Scale Community Detection for Social Computing.” He described how a social network analyst could use new tools and techniques like Hadoop to discover and target virtual communities.
The slides of his presentation are available here:
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On September 29, 2009 in Mountain View at Microsoft, SDForum Search SIG held a panel discussion on where search is heading. Safa Rashtchy moderated panelist Johanna Wright of Google, Sean Suchter of Microsoft and Larry Cornett of Yahoo.Text from DJCline.com
After communicating, search is the most common thing we do on a computer these days. Microsoft thinks users want shorter and more productive search sessions like when searching for the cheapest flight. You don’t want the anxiety of having paid too much for the flight because the search engine could not find the best fare. Microsoft also demonstrated Bing’s ability to sort through big and little dog breeds. Text from DJCline.com
Google wants users to have the right answer in the shortest amount of time. Over the past decade they have gotten better at more relevant search results. Today if you type in “How to tie a tie” you will get exactly that. If you type in Caltrain you will get an indented link for getting train tickets. Google showed how their cross language capability can display English and Arabic search results side by side. This opens up more content to more of the world’s population. Text from DJCline.com
Yahoo wants to make it easier to check on news and information that is relevant to users. Yahoo revealed its new search framework with filters on the left, results in the center and ads on the right. If you are looking for restaurants it will not only give you the location and menu but the Yelp reviews, Facebook pages, music, video associated with it. Text from DJCline.com
What about designing search for mobile devices? Don’t try to cram the desktop experience on a phone. Start over and think about voice control, short sessions, simultaneous translation, local search with GPS. Searching for mobile solutions becomes more important as these devices in many cases become our only computing device. Text from DJCline.com
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On Saturday, February 23, 2008, 10 – 11 am PST, you can talk with Bitzone’s Jim Bisso about breaking into API Documentation. Bisso is a 20-year veteran of documenting APIs and co-author of “Writing Developer Documentation for Java APIs and SDKs” with Viki Maki. When I have question on API’s, this is the guy I ask.
To participate send your name and Yahoo! ID to Viki Maki by Friday, February 22, 12 noon PST at:
Note: You should also have Yahoo Messenger installed. While the chat is limited to SIG members, membership in the SIG is free. To subscribe to the SIG send an email to:
or visit the STC-SVC chapter homepage at:
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